Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım vowed on Thursday that the attack on Turkish troops in northern Syria would be retaliated.
He said that attack on Turkish soldiers disclosed that “some people are not happy with Turkey's fight against Daesh.”
“This attack will surely have a retaliation,” Turkish PM said while answering questions over an airstrike on Turkish military positions in northern Syria earlier Thursday.
TAF: Assad regime carried out attack on Turkish troops in N Syria
The attack on Turkish military in northern Syria, which had martyred 3 soldiers and injured 10 others, was carried out by Assad forces, Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) said in a statement on Thursday. An earlier report claimed that soldiers were martyred by an attack carried out by Daesh terrorist organization. But a statement later released by TAF said it thought the attack had been carried out by the Syrian government forces. The attack is thought to have been carried out by Syrian government forces, TAF said in a released statement.Three Turkish soldiers martyred in Syrian operation The Turkish military has been assisting the Free Syrian Army forces in northern Syria under the operation Euphrates Shield against Daesh and YPG terrorist organization.TAF said the attack was carried out at 3:30 a.m. local time on a Turkish military position north of Al-Bab, a strategic city of northern Syria under the sizer of Daesh terrorist group. .The attack comes exactly one year after the Turkish military downed a Russian jet near the Syrian border. Both incidents happened on November 24. Assad conducts 'chemical massacre' in Aleppo The operation Euphrates Shield was launched on Aug. 24 to protect the Turkish border from the terror group and drive them away from Syrian cities across the border.The joint forces have cleared around 1,800 sq km areas in northern Syria so far, and are advancing towards the south.Turkey said the aim of the operation was to clear around 5,000 sq km areas from the terror group.PYD hits Turkish tanks with US rockets
Turkish Armed Forces said in a released statement that three of its troops were martyred and 10 others were injured in an airstrike believed to be launched by Assad forces in north of Al Bab, a strategic city under the seizer of Daesh.
Three Turkish soldiers martyred in Syrian operation
As many as three soldiers were martyred and five others were wounded in the attack close to al-Bab during the Euphrates Shield Operation that is being conducted in northern Syria to sweep the region from the terrorists, as a support to Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters. The wounded soldiers were taken to the hospital in the southeastern Turkish province of Gaziantep, bordering war-torn Syria. The Turkish military launched the operation, dubbed 'Euphrates Shield', on August 24. Turkey hits nine Daesh targets in Syria Coalition airstrike kills 9 Daesh militants in Mosul The Turkish military is conducting the operation amid high security measures to avoid any civilian casualties. Since the beginning of the operation, fighters cleared and took over more than 1,700 kilometers of land from terrorists. Turkey-backed FSA kills 7 PYD terrorists, captures 3 others
On the European Parliament's non-binding resolution to pause Turkey's EU negotiation talks, Turkish PM said the vote has not importance to Ankara.
He said that Turkey's relations with the EU had already been constrained.
"We expect EU leaders to stand up against this lack of vision," Yildirim said, regarding the vote. "The EU should decide whether it wants to continue its future vision with or without Turkey."
Turkey doesn't take EP vote seriously: Turkish Minister
Turkey's European Union Affairs Minister Ömer Çelik said that Turkey doesn't take European Parliament vote seriously. Çelik made the comments in a news conference after EU lawmakers voted in favour of a non-binding motion urging the largely symbolic freeze in the 11 year-old talks because of Ankara's "disproportionate" reaction to a July failed coup. "With its decision, Europe once again proved how it applies double standards. They should know that we will never pay attention to such a decision," he said. "We will never let Europe underestimate Turkey's reforms and efforts for the protection of human rights. Every party should understand that we protect both our territorial integrity and the security of Europe with the security measures that we imply," Çelik said."EU Parliament loses perspective when it comes to Turkey," the Minister said. Turkish EU minister described the motion of EP's motion to halt Turkey talks as 'null and void.He also said that EU Parliament needs to watch language when they were talking about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. EU parliament votes to temporarily halt Turkey accession talks EP to vote on nine clauses of Turkey's EU membership The EU lawmakers' move is to temporarily halt the EU membership talks with Turkey was justified with what they call “Ankara's disproportionate" reaction to the July 15 coup bid as Ankara has been fighting against the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) following the coup bid by dismissing tens of thousands of state employees over their link with FETÖ terrorist organization.
The EU lawmakers' vote comes days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged the EU to make their final decision on Turkey's EU membership bid, adding “We have limits to our patience.”
He also indicated that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) could be an alternative for Turkey against the European bloc.
Meanwhile, Turkey has been selected as the president of the next SCO meeting in 2017, becoming the first country holding the position without being a member of the organization.
EU parliament votes to temporarily halt Turkey accession talks
European Union lawmakers called on Thursday for a temporary halt to European Union (EU) membership talks with Turkey.Members of the European Parliament voted 479 to 37 in favor of a non-binding motion urging the European Commission and national governments to institute what lawmakers acknowledge would be a largely symbolic freeze in negotiations over Turkey's accession that have been going on for 11 years but have long been stalled.The EU lawmakers' move is to temporarily halt the EU membership talks with Turkey was justified with what they call “Ankara's disproportionate" reaction to the July 15 coup bid as Ankara has been fighting against the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) following the coup bid by dismissing tens of thousands of state employees over their link with FETÖ terrorist organization.EP to vote on nine clauses of Turkey's EU membership "The European Parliament ... strongly condemns the disproportionate repressive measures taken in Turkey since the failed military coup attempt in July," the motion read, although added that it remained committed to keeping Turkey "anchored" to the EU.EU leaders are due to discuss Turkey again when they meet in Brussels at a regular summit on December 15-16.Turkey formally applied to become an EU member in 1987 and accession talks began in 2005.Turkey and the EU agreed to speed up membership talks in March as part of an accord on curbing migrant flows into Greece in exchange for Turkey getting cash and visa-free access for its citizens. 'Turkey won't wait 50 years for EU membership'